The Birth Of Christ

Yesterday, I received an intriguing CD in the mail, a Christmas cantata with a powerful backstory. The Birth of Christ celebrates the Biblical story of the Nativity in soaring arias and beautiful orchestral music. That, however, only forms part of the story. Liam Neeson explains how Catholics and Protestants came together in an area of the world marked more by their bitter division to celebrate their shared belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior:

Public television will air the concert in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the DVD and the CD are available for purchase now. Today on Heading Right Radio, I’ll interview the composer, Andrew T Miller, and the producer, Raymond Arroyo, on how the Irish choirs of the two denominations came together to sing about peace and love, and why Miller felt compelled to launch his cantata in that manner.